Rainbow after the storm...

I used PicMonkey to intensify the colors of these pictures Dr. M took this evening.

I woke up today with a heavy heart after yesterday's passage of Amendment One in my home state of North Carolina. I have lots of sad and angry thoughts, but I don't need to add my voice to the babble. To read a couple of excellent posts that mirror how I feel go here (Despite Amendment One's Passing, NC Is A Better State Today) and here (A Matter of Civil Rights, Not Marriage). 

A Facebook friend posted part of the lyrics of a Casting Crowns song. Those words really are the heart of my bleeding heart liberal philosophy of life. It's kind of my mantra.

"Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing…
…Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors…"

Rainbows are symbols of hope to me. I have hope that someday all of our decisions will be based on mercy and not judgment. 


  1. History is on the side of equality, sexual or otherwise. Our Constitution demands that everyone be treated equal, and this will eventually happen.

  2. Argh. But you know, progress has been made. Here's God and this story in the same post, and you expressing your feelings this way. Not so long ago, such a thing was rare to find. Amen.

  3. A last ditch effort by a dying breed to impose their views on everyone.

  4. Thanks for the link to my post, Bug. I hope to see the day when we look back on our ignorant ways the same as we now look back at the struggle of the civil rights movement. I sincerely hope our society can evolve to appreciate all people who share our planet.

  5. And still . . a woman at a Romney event said President Obama is operating outside the Constitution and should be tried for treason! Romney did not correct her but said later he did not agree with her.

  6. I heard someone on NPR today advocate allowing "some form of marriage for gay people, just don't call it marriage." All I could think of was "separate but equal", huh? Wow. That was argued in Plessy v. Ferguson...BACK IN 1896!


    Look how long Brown v. The Board of Education took to haul up that particular chestnut and apply it to public education. Almost 60 years, and that still didn't entirely accomplish the goal.

    Separate but equal. How can anyone still think this phrase is a descriptor of rights in our country? It's devastating that NC has joined Ohio--my state-- and others in abrogating human rights.

  7. I don't understand it, Dana. Not at all. So sad, too. I love the words of the song. They really do sum it up.

  8. Hmmm, yes....a tough one to deal with on many counts. Your rainbow is beautiful though and reminds me of WHO exactly is IN CHARGE!


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